Who are the Governors?

The school’s governing body is constituted as below and has a strong, collaborative relationship with the schools leadership team.

Roles and Reponsilities

Chair of Governors- Margaret Perkins
Clerk of Governors - Mrs Helen Miles
Safeguarding Governor- Maureen Atkinson

Curriculum Committee

Margaret Perkins (Chair)
Maureen Atkinson
Michelle Williams
Vanessa Cummings
Ali Scott

Finance & Premises Committee

Claire Grosvenor (Chair)
Maureen Atkinson
Joanna Quirk
Victoria Bownes

Dr Margaret Perkins

Chair - Board of Governors

I have been in education for many years – as a teacher in primary schools around the country, as a headteacher and as a university tutor working in initial teacher education. I retired two years ago from full time work but keep in touch with the world of education as much as possible. My main interest in which I have researched and published is the teaching of reading and children’s literature. I lived in Sunninghill for many years and both my children attended St Michael’s; they are now both married but I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the school by serving as a governor. I chair the Curriculum Committee.

Maureen Atkinson

I am a retired primary school head teacher with 35 years’ experience teaching in the Early Years to KS2 age range. I have taught in a number of locations in this country and abroad in faith and non-faith schools. My areas of particular interest in school include teaching & learning and assessment & monitoring. I have considerable child protection and safeguarding experience including safer recruitment training. I am a Foundation Governor and one of my roles is as a member of the Finance and Premises Committee where I support the school in delivering services to stakeholders within budget constraints.
I am a part time test administrator for the National Federation for Educational Research (NFER) and a member of the National Governors Association (NGA). This helps me to keep up to date with current educational initiatives and issues.

Vanessa Cummings

I joined the Governing Body in 2018. I retired in 2017, having started my career working as a Secretary in 10 Downing Street for four Prime Ministers over 17 years. After leaving No. 10 I moved into marketing management in the retail sector before finding my home in the charitable sector where my last role was as Chief Executive of a small charity working with children abandoned into state orphanages in Romania. I’ve lived in North Ascot for 15 years. I’ve been Treasurer of the Cordes Hall since 2012 and was recently elected Churchwarden at St Michael & All Angels in Sunninghill. With my partner Jim and our dog Lenny I enjoy lots of socialising with family and friends. To keep active I play ladies league hockey and lots of long walks in different parts of the country.

Joanna Quirk

I became a parent governor in 2018 and I have a son and daughter at St Michael’s. I joined the Governor’s as I wanted the opportunity to support and challenge the school to continue to raise standards and ensure the children receive the best education and care at St Michael’s. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I gained extensive senior level audit and advisory experience in not for profit organisations at Deloitte and Crowe Clark Whitehill. More recently I worked as Deputy Director of Finance at Shelter where I was responsible for managing the finances of the charity and its subsidiary with £70m of diverse income. I joined the Chartered Institute of Building in 2016 as Finance Director. I am responsible for the strategic and operational financial leadership of the Institute. I am a Fellow member of the ICAEW and hold a Diploma in Charity Accounting.

Ali Scott

I am married with two grown up children and have lived in Cheapside for over 27 years. I am a trained teacher and have worked in schools in Bow, East London, a rural secondary school north of Harare, Zimbabwe and lately in a secondary school in Bracknell as a SENDco. I would like to be as involved as possible with St MIchael's school and am particularly keen to support the school to enable and equip all students and in particular those with special educational needs. As a Christian, being involved in a church school is a very special privilege and I look forward to seeing the foundations of the Christian faith continuing to be woven in to the fabric of the school.

Claire Grosvenor

I am a local Mum of three daughters (and a dog). My girls all attended St Michael's and I look forward to offering my skills and experience to the school that gave them a great start in their formal education.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with PwC in Manchester before moving into industry and working for Vodafone, first in International Tax at HQ and then moving into Group Treasury (and passing my ACT and MCT exams).
Since becoming a parent I have been more involved in charity and voluntary sector work. I sat on the Committee of Bracknell Twins Club for several years including the role of Chair. During my time as a parent at St Michael's I was also active within the school PTA, volunteered in school and on school trips. In addition between 2013 and 2019 I was the Treasurer for Sunningdale Village Hall.
It will come as no surprise that I will therefore be working within the Finance and Premises Committee!

Michelle Williams

I have worked at St Michael’s Primary School since September 2016 and I currently teach part time across KS1 and KS2 covering PPA (teacher planning and preparation activities). I am also the Subject Leader for Religious Education and I am extremely proud to be part of a team that gained an ‘excellent’ rating in the most recent SIAMS inspection. I started my undergraduate education in the arts at Central Saint Martins, have a degree in Photography & Media and completed my teacher training at Brunel University. Before I moved into teaching I was in the retail management sector for over 12 years covering a variety of management positions including being an Area Manager and a Deputy General Manager in Oxford Street. I am very proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school where the children are always respected individually and put first. I became a staff governor and sit on the curriculum committee to become more involved in the life of the school and to represent my colleagues. I feel very privileged to be part of a dedicated and hardworking team who constantly strive for excellence and the best possible outcomes for all our children.

Victoria Bownes

My name is Victoria Bownes and in November 2020 I was voted in as a Parent Governor at St Michaels. I have a son at the school and will sit on the Finance and Premises Committee, alongside the full governing board. I am looking forward to working with the team and am keen to bring new initiatives to the governing body as we move forward.
I completed my A Levels at St George's School Ascot as a Music Scholar and then went on to study BA (Ed) Hons QTS in Primary Education at the University of Wales. Over the last 18 years I have taught at three leading prep schools. Beyond the classroom I have always been keen to drive wider initiatives enabling all pupils to shine. Over the most recent 8 years I have taught at a local prep school and have focused on inspiring students both inside and outside of the classroom, so they themselves have the opportunity to shine and reach their true potential.
Outside of working, I currently sit on the Executive Committee as Treasurer for the National Association of Pastoral Care in Education and in 2020 hosted their online awards to promote excellence for pastoral care in schools, colleges and universities.